If you’ve spent the summer sneezing and wheezing inside your home, it may be time to invest in an air purifier…
These devices reduce dust, pollen and other allergens inside the home and some also help eliminate odors.
The tricky part is figuring out what to buy. Air purifiers come in many different sizes and forms using different technologies. You can spend a few dollars to several hundred dollars for devices that may or may not solve your problem.
If your home has a furnace, you may already have an indoor air purifier in place. That would be the furnace filter. Some are designed to filter out dust, mold, allergens, pet dander and other pollutants from circulating around your home (some just help keep the furnace clean and operating properly). If it’s not cleaning your air it may be because you aren’t changing the filter often enough or you need to purchase higher quality filters. Furnace filters should be changed at least quarterly and more frequently if someone in your household suffers from allergies or a respiratory ailment.
Most furnace filters have a MERV rating (Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value). The higher the rating the more contaminants will be filtered out. The American Lung Association recommends using furnace filters with a MERV rating of at least 10.
If you’ve done all that and still suffer from allergies or asthma, then it’s time to consider additional air purification devices.